Pope Francis Wants Moms to Breastfeed in Church

Pope FrancisIt's no secret that Pope Francis is one of the most progressive popes we've ever seen at the helm of the Catholic church, and breastfeeding moms have been cheering ever since he made his supportive stance on nursing in public known to the world more than a year ago. Now he's taken his position even further, and we moms are shouting hallelujah!


His Holiness baptized 33 babies this past Sunday in the Sistine Chapel, in celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In additions to having the coolest baby story ever (who gets baptized in the Sistine Chapel, by the head of the Roman Catholic Church, no less?), Pope Francis gave quite a gift to the mothers of these little ones.

He told them to go ahead and feed their hungry infants.

"You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," he included in his homily. Reuters reports that while the written sermon used the Italian phrase for "give them milk," he actually said, "allattateli," which means "breastfeed them" when translated directly.

How cool is that? He also asked everyone in attendance at the mass to pray for the impoverished mothers around the world. He said, "too many, unfortunately, who cant give food to their children."

This is hardly the first time Pope Francis has shown his admirable support of women and mothers in particular, or even nursing mamas. In a December 2013 interview, he recounted the following incident:

At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few month s old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: madam, I think the child's hungry. "Yes, it's probably time ..." she replied. "Please give it something to eat!" I said. She was shy and didn't want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!

How much do you love this story? I love that's he's taken it a step further, and invited moms to breastfeed and nurture their babies in a deeply spiritual and holy place. Besides, if anyone in the Sistine Chapel really has a problem with seeing boobs in public, I suggest they cast their eyes downward.

What do you think of Pope Francis' comments on breastfeeding in public?


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